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Once Shreeji settled here the original name, Sinhad was changed to Nathdwara. All were happy and the city full of joy; the entire town served Shreeji as it was built only for His play.

This place has become the ultimate Dham for lakhs and lakhs of devotees. It is no longer limited to the Pushtimaargiya, but in fact has become the ‘shraddha ka kendra’ for receiving shaanti and anand for people from all over the world. For them it has become a place where they forget their sorrows and enjoy the maasti (divine bliss) that ShreeNathji’s darshans give.

The Haveli has been constructed according to the Vedic principals. Haveli means a royal palace. It has several small and large rooms which are inter linked with corridors, halls and courtyards. Steep stairs lead one to various levels of the Haveli.
One section is connected to the Tilkayatji’s Palace called Moti Mahal, from where he enters the Mandir directly. He does not have to use the outside entrances.

The Haveli has a white washed look with paintings on the walls. All walls and gates are covered with the typical Rajasthani art. At some points Shree Krishn leela is described through the paintings. Gopis are painted every where in various sewa bhao. These are all done in bright colours.
Guards are scattered all over the Haveli. There are many areas which are not open to public as from these point onwards are Shreeji’s personal quarters where only the sewaks called Bheteriya’s can go in. This is required for the purity purpose. Shreeji’s sewa requires the highest shuddhi; hence the particular sewaks have to be freshly bathed at all times. They are not allowed contact with the outer sewaks or public. They have to bathe before coming out or going in again. These are in the personal sewa of Thakurjee.
The daily Darshan timings are declared on a blackboard and electronic board just outside the Lal darwaza; also in the main chowk outside.

There are three main  entrances to access the Haveli –

Through the Lal darwaza – this is the main entrance from where the public goes for Darshans. From here one enters the Govardhan chowk; straight ahead is the gate where the men collect; on the right up the stairs is the court yard for women devotees; goes to Dhauli paatiya to Kamal chowk through the Sinh pole.
The second entrance is through the Moti Mahal to Shree Navneet Priyaji’s mandir to Krishn Bhandar to Govardhan puja chowk.
The third entrance is through the Parikrama maarg; from Pritam pole to Dhauli paatiya; from here to Kamal chowk.

Author : Abha Shahra Shyama

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